Posts Tagged ‘wisdom’

When you’re not sure what t do, or are looking for direction in your life, who do you turn to?

We can find the answer to that question in the book of James (1:5)

If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it.

God is understanding and receptive to your prayers. So believe in Him, have faith that He can and will give you the guidance and help you need.

There is strength within the sorrow
There is beauty in our tears
And You meet us in our mourning
With a love that casts out fear
You are working in our waiting
You’re sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding
You’re teaching us to trust

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

You are wisdom unimagined
Who could understand Your ways
Reigning high above the Heavens
Reaching down in endless grace
You’re the lifter of the lowly
Compassionate and kind
You surround and You uphold me
And Your promises are my delight

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

Even what the enemy means for evil
You turn it for our good
You turn it for our good and for Your glory
Even in the valley, You are faithful
You’re working for our good
You’re working for our good and for Your glory

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

It can feel at times as if our troubles are unending. That’s when we must remember that God is faithful and will be with us always.

When we suffer sorrows and pain it can seem unbearable. During these times God can be our comfort and our strength.

God is faithful to us always, but are you always faithful to Him?

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Create a personal growth plan

At the start of another year as many of us reconsider where we are in our lives and make resolutions to make changes to improve ourselves and our circumstances, it is an ideal time to create a personal growth plan for the year.

No matter what age we are or how far through our journey on earth we are, it is important to keep learning, so I want to encourage you to invest in yourself and grow this year. We can learn in every aspect of our lives, e.g. personal, relationships, knowledge, financial, spiritual, health and well-being, love, wisdom  etc, so think about the areas of your life you want to improve and consider how you will achieve those goals.

Your personal growth plan will be your template to cultivate and improve your mid and body in 2016, so that by the end of this year you will have achieved your targets for your life.

So get planning!

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There are many people in the world who believe that all their problems would be solved if they had money, because money is the answer to everything. I find that quite sad, as while having some money can provide us the food and shelter we need to survive, it cannot provide us with the personal characteristics we want to possess.

So here are 10 things money cannot buy which I believe are characteristics we should all strive to possess:

  • Love
  • Faith
  • Character
  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Trust
  • Common sense
  • Respect
  • Wisdom
  • Peace

Has your money bought you everything you want? Has it helped you be the person you want to be?

Don’t let money be the be all and end all of everything you try to achieve, because ultimately it cannot help you find love, grow your faith, build character or integrity, be compassionate, be trustworthy, have common sense, show respect or wisdom, or live in peace.

 

In yesterday’s blog post, Wisdom To Accept, I quoted the following prayer to you:

God let me accept the things I can’t change, courage to change things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

Yesterday I focused on why we must accept things we can’t change. Now today I want to focus on the challenge of trying to change the things we can.

There can be situations that arise where it can be obvious to us that with some input from us could have a positive impact on the situation. Other times there may be nothing which makes us think we can help change things for the good, and then there are those times when we can see how we may be able to help but the situation seems too challenging or daunting for us that we try to pretend we can’t help.

Any of those situations ringing a bell with you?

I can certainly think of some circumstances where I’ve ignored a situation I could have helped with, simply because I didn’t want to get involved or felt I wouldn’t be able to provide the level of help needed. It’s at times like these that we must remember that God will guide us, and show us the situations He wants and needs us to get involved in or help with. We simply need to ask God to give us the courage to help.

I’m sure you’ve probably heard the following prayer many times before:

God let me accept the things I can’t change, courage to change things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

It can be difficult to accept some things that happen in life can’t it? However, if there’s nothing we can do to change the situation or event, why is it that we can often spend so much time complaining about things, or showing our frustration about current circumstances?

The answer to that question is of course…because we’re human!

It’s be because we are human, and therefore sinners, that we must continue to ask God to help us to accept the things of life which we cannot change.

Heaven’s Grocery Store

I was walking down life’s highway a long time ago. 
One day I saw a sign that read “Heaven’s Grocery Store”. 
As I got a little closer, the door came open wide.
When I came to myself, I was standing just inside.
I saw a host of angels.  They were standing everywhere. 
One handed me a basket and said, “My child, please shop with care”.
Everything a Christian needed was in that Grocery Store.
All you couldn’t carry, you could come back the next day for.
First, I got some PATIENCE; LOVE was in the very same row.
Further down was UNDERSTANDING, you needed it wherever you go.
I got a box or two of WISDOM, a bag or two of FAITH.
I just couldn’t miss the HOLY SPIRIT, for He was all over the place!!
I stopped to get some STRENGTH and COURAGE to help me run this race.
By then my basket was getting full but…I remembered I needed some GRACE!
I didn’t forget SALVATION, for SALVATION was free.
So I tried to get enough of that to save both you and me.
Then I started up to the counter to pay my grocery bill,
for I thought I had everything to do my Master’s will.
As I wind up the aisle I saw PRAYER and I just had to put that in.
For I knew when I stepped outside, I would run right into sin.
PEACE and JOY were plentiful; they were on the last shelf.
SONGS and PRAISES were hanging near, so I just helped myself.
Then I said to the angel, “How much do I owe?”
He just smiled and said, “Just take them everywhere you go.”
Again I smiled at him and said, “How much do I owe?”
He smiled again and said……
“My child, JESUS PAID YOUR BILL A LONG TIME AGO!”

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Your Word

Your Word, O Lord
Is wisdom and truth
And we need to know this
When in our youth

To have it embedded
Deep in our hearts
To never give it up
And never let it part

We need to know
The truth there in
That will lead us to life
And free us from sin

Your Word, O Lord
Is faithful and just
And in your Word
We must put our trust

By M. S. Lowndes

The bible holds so much information for us. We must trust God to help us understand His message to us, in His word.

This above poem talks about how we must know the wisdom and truth of God’s word in our youth, but it’s referring to the youth of our relationship with God, not of our life – otherwise it would be saying if we don’t know the truth of God’s word in our childhood, we never will, which certainly is not true – we can find God at any time in our life.

Do you know the truth of God’s word today? If not, now is the time to ask God to help you discover it in His book, the bible.